About Us

We are British Columbia’s health research agency. We are working towards a future where BC is recognized worldwide for its vibrant, coherent, inclusive and globally competitive health research system, which improves the health of British Columbians, the health system and the economy. Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, and Indigenous reconciliation and self-determination continues to guide us.

As a provincial organization, our work extends across many Indigenous lands and territories throughout BC. We acknowledge with respect and humility that our Vancouver office is located on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Current Funding Opportunities

Clinical Trials Training Programs (CTTP)

Michael Smith Health Research BC partners with the clinical trials training programs (CTTP) to help increase clinical trials training, expertise and capacity in BC and across Canada.

Health Research BC-Mitacs Industry-Based Program

Through a partnership with Mitacs, the program provides graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with a placement at a life sciences company in order to gain business skills within the sector.

Reach Program

Supports teams of researchers and research users to disseminate research evidence with those who can directly benefit from it in order to impact health and care in BC.

Convening & Collaborating (C2) Program

Supports teams of health researchers and research users to co-develop research that can have direct impacts on people, including patients, health practitioners and policy makers.

Applications are now open for:

Latest News

Knowledge Translation

Previous C2 and Reach award holders from across BC: Taru Manyanga 2023 C2 (UNBC) Northern (Prince George) Megan MacPherson 2023 C2 (Fraser Health) Mainland; Mauricio Garcia-Barrera 2023 C2 (UVic) Island (Victoria); Sam Liu 2023 Reach (UVic) Island; Leah Lambert 2023 Reach (BC Cancer); Lisa Bourque Bearskin 2023 Reach (UVic) Island* research location at UVic and TRU

2024 Convening & Collaborating (C2) and Reach competitions: Applications open with added priority areas

4 April 2024

Michael Smith Health Research BC is pleased to open the 2024 Convening & Collaborating (C2) and Reach competitions today, with additional funding to address priority health challenges.

Knowledge Translation

KT Connects 2024: Open conversations about open science

20 March 2024

Open science is a movement to make scientific processes and practices, including research methods and outputs, more accessible and transparent.

Join our 2024 KT Connects webinar series as we explore the potential impact on health research.


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Library shares experiences of kids with brain-based disabilities

14 March 2024

If our health system is evidence-based, how do we include knowledge from kids with brain-based developmental disabilities? Two organizations join to create a library of lived experiences.

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